School Direct Primary Years (5-11)
Similar to the traditional University-led Primary PGCE, the School Direct course will enable its trainees to gain a QTS or 'qualified teaching status'. The course will aim to give participants experience of the full range of ages between 5 and 11 in at least two contrasting school experiences. Academic tutoring will take place on two days a week at Trinity University, where trainees will essentially be taught the academic requirements of the course as well as how to effectively teach the full range of subjects, which may be new to many following a subject-specific degree. At the end of the course, St Anthony's aims to help its trainees find employment as a Newly Qualified Teacher. And with a wide range of partnerships and schools both with and without a Catholic focus, we feel confident we can provide assistance with this important first step.
School Direct Primary Early Years (3-7)
The early years course is essentially the same as the primary years course except that it differs in its focus. The course also allows trainees the opportunity to gain qualified teaching status and will be based mainly in school, with two days in University for the academic elements of the course. However, unlike the general course, the early years PGCE will enable trainees to specialise in early childhood and therefore they will learn to teach across a range of ages from birth to 5 years old. They will also be able to gain training into how early education links to Key Stages 1 and 2.